Twenty employees from State Street recently picked thousands of apples in the orchard at Hamptonne, which is planted with traditional Jersey cider apples. The team, equipped with poles to reach the highest fruit and buckets, had a target of gathering up to half a ton of apples.
State Street volunteered some of its employees who took time off during the working day, as part of its commitment to community activities. The apples are picked now and stored ahead of the annual cider making event, La Fais’sied’Cidre which Jersey Heritage organises over a weekend in October.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, when the public are invited along to watch the granite crusher at Hamptonne being used to turn the apples into pulp, which is then pressed to extract juice that will eventually become Jersey cider.